Google Play Protect is the new public-facing security package for Android

Security on Android is no longer the exaggerated problem it once was. The phones, tablets, smartwatches, and streaming devices powered by the platform are all safe and secure. We’ve known that for years to be honest. This week, however, Google made an effort to bring its care for security to the forefront. Google Play Protect is a “comprehensive security services” package for Android devices that’ll monitor behavior and protect your data.

Google announces new standalone VR headsets, WorldSense platform

As had been rumored, at Google I/O‘s keynote address today the company announced a major step forward in their offering in the virtual reality headset market with the upcoming release of a standalone VR headset. The new units are expected to be ready for retail purchasers before the end of the year with units from HTC and Lenovo in the pipeline. In addition to the support from hardware manufacturers, Google has developed a new system called WorldSense to provide positional tracking for the units.

Actions on Google expanding beyond Google Home to Android and iOS

During the keynote address at Google I/O 2017 today, Google announced a major expansion of Actions on Google. The big, most immediate news related to the framework used to build voice activated apps is that support is being enabled through the Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices. Eventually the ability to use Actions on Google will expand to any and all platforms that the Google Assistant is able to operate on. Along with the expansion of availability, Google also announced Actions on Google will be able to support financial transactions.

Android O coming with picture-in-picture mode, app autofill, notification dots, among others

While many smartphones are still waiting for their Android 7.0 Nougat update, Google is charging full steam ahead with the developer preview for the platform’s next release: Android O. Today, during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming with Android O, including picture-in-picture support, smart text selection, OS security enhancements, and more.

Google Home powering up with hands-free calling, Spotify integration, and more

The Google Home smart speaker was one of the first products to utilize the powerful Google Assistant artificial intelligence platform. In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming to Google Home including hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and more.